Bogus driving instructor jailed

A fake driving instructor is starting a four-month jail term after admitting seven counts of fraud.

Leeds Crown Court heard Paul Berry, 44, from Jilling Ing Park, Dewsbury, made thousands of pounds from learners who did not realise he was not qualified.

Prosecuting, Richard Clews, said Berry had been giving lessons for payment between September 2007 and October 2010 despite not being qualified or having the correctinsurance.

He had passed the first two parts of his instructor exams, but failed the final part and did not retake the test, instead "masquerading" as a professional with learners, some of whom passed their test.

Mr Clews said the prosecution case was that Berry, who admitted seven counts of fraud, made £9,250 from his activities, although the defendant said it was only £6,500.

After hearing about the "uninsured and dangerous" scam, Judge Kerry Macgill said custody was his only option as he sentenced him to four months in jail.

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